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Classic American Road movie: David Lynch’s The Straight Story

Director David Lynch turns the true story of a geriatric road trip (on a lawnmower) into a gentle parable – and a classic, if unlikely, American road movie

The Straight Story must be the slowest road movie ever made. And that pace is the point. Somewhere along the way, our world got itself in a damn hurry. And maybe more than any great American road movie – counter-culture trip (Easy Rider), burnt-rubber hellride (Natural Born Killers), wistful wine run (Sideways), feminist freedom trail (Thelma & Louise) – it took an old man on a lawnmower to remind us that life’s journey should never be rushed.

The first thing in director David Lynch’s strange, tender film is a vast night sky winking with stars; but those stars died long ago. All we see now are fading memories, their light reaching us after a one-way trip along the cosmic interstate.

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Top 10 bars in Key West

Key West’s bars offer the chance to drink and snack at a seafood shack, sip cocktails or down shots in a historic dive

A wooden deck with a bar that juts out over the Atlantic, this one is all about the beautiful setting. Sunset proper happens on the other side of the island but watching the evening fall over the ocean, with the clouds illuminated with brilliant oranges and pinks, is just as spectacular. Designed as a sort of waiting lounge for upscale restaurant Louie’s Backyard, the deck works just as well for a peaceful drink or two at dusk, as you listen to the waves lap against the beach below. And if you’re hungry but don’t feel like dinner at the restaurant, the more casual Upper Deck located upstairs (among the tops of the trees) offers smaller plates and an excellent wine selection.
• +1 305 294 1061, louiesbackyard.com. Afterdeck open daily 11.30am-1am, Upperdeck open Tue-Sat 5pm-10pm

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